Towards sustainable tackling of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

The recent rate, spate and global dimension of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) is quite alarming and presents the human race with abundant challenges, including the need to propose proportionate research, responses, strategies and policies. An understanding of the multifaceted social and ecological settings in which infectious diseases occur is also desirable. Over the years, the human race has been confronted with EIDs including Nipah virus, West Nile virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and dengue hemorrhagic fever (Weiss, 2008). In July 2003, the World Health Organization declared that the global outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) had been contained; less than six months later, in December of 2003, an even greater threat–the avian influenza H5N1 virus–emerged (WHO, 2005). Recently came Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS), which has spread quite rapidly from the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Lebanon, Qatar, Jordan, Yemen, Kuwait and Iran) to North Africa (Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria), Asia (Malaysia, Philippines), and Europe (United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Greece, and Italy). The first case was diagnosed in the United States on May 2nd 2014 (Adeyemo, O.K. 2014). The ongoing Ebola virus disease which was first detected in March in West Africa is the latest in the epidemic of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Read the full brief below and share your comments:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/5694Emerging_diseases_ADEYEMO.pdf

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5 thoughts on “Towards sustainable tackling of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

  1. Abdullahi Auwalu

    Emerging and re-emerging diseases are among the major challenges of public health importance globally. Therefore there is need of providing holistic solutions to changing global challenges by policy makers and other related bodies. The article is highly related to the present situation.

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  2. Alarape Selim

    This article will ultimately sensitize the policy makers and other stakeholders to uphold the principle of “One Health, One Medicine, One World”.

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  3. Otuh Patricia

    The global impact of EIDs on the health and socio-ecominic sectors cannot be overemphasied. Policy makers (governments) all over the world especially in the sub-Saharan Africa must institutionalise sustainable research policies backed up with adequate skilled manpower and finance in order to ensure utmost preparedness in the event of emergency conditions. The author is highly commended.

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  4. Babatunde Saka

    One will have to agree along with the author that the threat of transboundary diseases remains even more viable now than ever, therefore this is one article that calls on policy makers to pay even more attention to the issue of emerging and re-emerging diseases. This is quite educative.

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